Rallying Business Support
Businesses are uniquely positioned to help refugees with their networks, leverage and capital. Nonprofits and faith groups working to resettle refugees know this and want them involved. So let’s educate businesses about the value of including refugees in our cities and equip them to build welcoming on-ramps into their companies.
Here at We Hire, we aim to bring businesses to the refugee resettlement table, because refugees make our communities and economies stronger.
For the Refugee Community
Refugees are vulnerable. The UN High Commissioner on Refugees defines refugee as “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted.”
Before refugees resettle to the U.S., they undergo a thorough two-year review process that involves numerous U.S. governmental agencies. Upon arrival, refugees are here legally and authorized to work. They’re eager to enter the labor force and begin rebuilding their lives. We believe refugees should be valued, welcomed, and included in our cities.
As of 2020, there are 26 million refugees and a total of 79.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—the highest number since World War II. That’s an average of 37,000 people displaced every day.
And yet, the U.S. has drastically reduced the number of refugees it admits – from 86,000 in 2016 to a target of less than 18,000 for 2020.
The need is great. Last year the UN Refugee Agency reported the world resettled less than 5% of refugees. We believe resource-rich countries like the United States should keep their doors open for resettlement and provide a stable environment for refugees and their families to rebuild their lives.
Refugees become entrepreneurs at a greater rate than the native-born population, generating billions in business income, according to The New American Economy.
One out of every seven refugees works in healthcare, putting them on the frontlines of fighting COVID-19 in many parts of the country.
Highly motivated, legal-to-work, and statistically drug-free, refugees bring expertise, dependability, and a growth mindset to the teams they join. Check out our friends over at Amplio Recruiting for more incredible stats on the potential of the refugee community to bring value to our businesses.
We want to mobilize businesses to leverage their expertise, networks, and capital for the flourishing of their cities by helping refugees plug into good jobs. Together, we can jump-start a movement of companies across the U.S. to create opportunities that benefit everyone.
Step one? Sign our Welcome Pledge, send it to a friend, and we’ll connect with you soon!